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George Langley

Fishing with the Guides

George Langley has been a fishing guide and businessman
in the North Woods for more than 40 years.
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Ice conditions improve across North Woods

By George Langley

North Woods lakes have ice conditions that are much improved over several weeks ago. Ice thickness varies from 5 to 10 inches throughout the area and the ability to get around on the ice is just about as good as it gets.

Some lakes have a little slush in areas, mostly on the north side of lakes where wind formed snow drifts along the shorelines. With little slush, this bodes well for ice fishing in the weeks to come. It is very much an improvement over last year at this time.

Monday, December 31, 2012 2:09 PM
Ice conditions better as cold temps arrive

Despite a slow start, the lakes are, ever so slowly, building some good ice for anglers. Most anglers report 3 to 7 inches of ice on the lakes, depending on the size of the lake.
While the snowmobilers are waiting to get some more snow, the ice fishermen are pretty happy and can get around well on the ice-covered lakes. There is just a light layer

Monday, December 24, 2012 6:19 PM
Ice depth improving on most area lakes

By George Langley

As we discuss the weather, I’m tired of saying this, but wow! Just when we think it is starting to get nicer for outdoors people, we get hit yet again with this terrible weather for everyone.

That said, in the last several days, it seems things have improved unexpectedly on the ice.

The small amount of snow that was on the ice melted and merged with the ice already there and has begun to give us hope for some really decent ice conditions as the week goes on. We now have reports as of Tuesday morning that there are areas with as much as 6 inches of pretty solid ice now — on the bays of the bigger lakes and some of those small lakes. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 8:07 PM
Some ice anglers getting early start

By George Langley

After a really slow start we are now starting to see some ice development on area lakes. It’s great to see people getting the opportunity to get out there and do some fishing.

Generally, there are roughly 2- to 5-inches of ice on the lakes, depending on the size of the lake or bay. This is not enough for any snow machines, but is enough for people to walk on. Exercise some care out there and check the ice thickness as you go out.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:42 PM
Thaw puts delay on early ice fishing

By George Langley

What a bummer. It’s usually a treat for this writer to share with you the goings on in our local outdoor arena, but several times a year there is little to say. This is one of those times.

We had some developing ice in the area, enough to have those early nuts getting out there, albeit carefully, onto the ice and getting some northerns and walleye. Well, even that thin ice is gone as we have lost most of our ice due to a thaw and are back into a waiting pattern. The one good thing about this is that when the ice refreezes, it should happen quickly and the ice should be good black ice. We hope.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 4:56 PM
Open-water fishing comes to an end

By George Langley

We’ve come to the end of the line for open water fishing for the year. It was a weird season right from the start, as we had open water in mid-March. This early open water seemed to make much of our fishing off base from the get go.

If you’ll remember, we had that very heavy snow right before the warm spell opened the lakes, so we did get the benefit of some higher water for a while. That reversed itself as the summer went on and we ended the year — again — with very low water levels throughout the area. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:26 PM
With warm temps, anglers wait for ice

By George Langley

Just when we neither needed nor wanted warm weather, we are hit with another unseasonal warm front in late November. While it is nice to be out in if you are muskie fishing, it couldn’t be worse for the deer hunters or the ice fishermen.

A lot of anglers are waiting for that first ice, and it looks like it will be — again — well into December this year. We sure could use some good old-fashioned snow and ice at this point. To be honest with you, there’s not a lot to talk about except the gun deer season for the outdoor types. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 4:12 PM
Cisco spawn expected to help muskie action

The colder temperatures Monday and Tuesday, with highs in the 20s, should help muskie anglers as they hunt for trophy fish and the water temperatures drop into the low 40s.

Anglers are reminded the muskie fishing season closes Nov. 30, while the walleye fishing season will continue through the ice, maybe later this month and surely into December and beyond.

The conditions are changing on a daily basis as water temperatures are dropping fast now and we are starting to see the smaller lakes ice up for the winter. The ice on small lakes is not yet safe for fishing, but it sure has gotten anglers thinking about that great pastime called ice fishing.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 5:36 PM
Area muskie anglers waiting for sucker bite

As anglers enter the final phase of fall fishing, they are still blessed with great conditions to get out there for walleyes and muskies.

The conditions are changing on a daily basis as the water temperatures are dropping and we are starting to see the smaller lakes ice up for the winter. The ice on small lakes is not yet safe for fishing, but it sure has gotten guys and gals thinking about that great pastime called ice fishing.  In the absence of real warm weather, it looks like sportsmen and women might be able to both deer hunt and ice fish by Thanksgiving. Let’s hope.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 3:38 PM
Muskie action better as water temps drop

By George Langley

Much colder weather has added some spice to the fall muskie fishing, as the water temperatures are now down to the low 40s on most lakes. This is considered to be the magic water temperature for trophy muskie fishing by most experienced anglers.

Anglers are looking for a good ending to the  muskie fishing season after a somewhat slow start. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 3:06 PM

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